I had to get this in under the wire, but I’m reasonably pleased by the effort.
Once again I want your input, but remember we are resume rankers here. There is no “rising” or “falling” in this poll, just placing – as in a team gets placed where it belongs. I don’t give a flying shit what last week’s poll looked like.
That said, here is my draft –
|Last week's ballot|
Alabama still has the best wins to my thinking.
The time to keep ignoring Auburn has passed. I don’t care what any of us thought preseason, they are winning. Moreover compare their win against Tennessee to Florida’s – Auburn’s was more impressive (they had 459 yards against UT’s defense at Knoxville while Florida had 323 in Gainesville).
South Florida –not only undefeated, but their win at FSU was impressive, far more so than the ‘Canes win at the same venue.
The Tigers of LSU are living on a prayer, but getting it done nonetheless. We shall see this weekend.
Iowa’s win at Penn State remains one of the best defensive shows to date.
Florida – If anyone makes a comment “Why did Florida fall when they didn’t play” I’ll simply erase it without a response.
As for the rest, I think I have them pretty much in correct order – no one who lost to another is ahead of them. As to Missouri and Kansas – play somebody, especially Kansas.
UPDATE: It seems a commenter is worried about my I might be squandering my credibility with my rankings here. As if THAT was currency I had to spend.
Seriously now, have I over ranked USF at 3rd on my Week 5 DRAFT ballot? I would say that, based on the arguments, I probably have. However, with the exception of Alabama, I don’t really see a team this year that has earned top 5 ranking. But rank them we must.
The aforementioned poster has a problem with USF’s record, and I can’t disagree entirely. Like Florida, USF has handled its patsy teams pretty handily. (Both played Charleston Southern, with UF winning 62-3 and USF winning 59-0). Don’t see any advantage there.
USF has won two road games – at FSU (17-7) and at Syracuse (34-20). Florida has won its sole road game at Kentucky 41-7, and beat Tennessee at the Swamp 23-13. FSU and Syracuse are 2-3, as is Tennessee, while Kentucky checks in at 2-2. In other words, the four teams pretty much stink.
I’d say UF and USF are pretty close by resume. Upon further consideration I’ll probably move USF down closer to UF. But I am far, far impressed from anything Florida has done yet.
Do I *think* Florida is “better” than USF. Yeah I do, for whatever that is worth (and we will certainly know more come late Saturday night.) But Florida hasn’t proved it yet, and that’s how I vote (I also *think* that had USF played UF’s schedule, they would be 4-0 at this point to – but I can’t prove it).
Finally, once again, and for the last time please – WEEK 5 RANKINGS ARE VIRTUALLY IRRELEVANT. This all sorts out. Eventually.